Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. is a Harlem Township community organization, which has grown out of its origins in the township's Bicentennial in 2010 when it began as the organizing group for Bicentennial activities. Since the Bicentennial, the group has continued to provide events in Harlem Township as the Community Activities Committee in 2011 and as Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. (HTH) in 2012. In November, 2012, the 501(c)(3) filing for federal non-profit status for this organization was mailed to the IRS We are waiting to see if the IRS has questions for us and keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll soon have non-profit status.
Membership in HTH is open to anyone with an interest in Harlem Township. There are no membership dues. The group meets on the second Thursday of the month, 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Firehouse. In 2013 meetings will be on Jan 10, Feb 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug 8, Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov 14, and Dec 12.
At the meeting of Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. on October 11, officers were elected for 2013. Roger Neibarger will serve as Chairman, Sandy Dorris, Vice-Chairman, no one stepped up to relieve Diana Robertson who has served for two years as Secretary so that election was tabled – in January Dave Snyder agreed to be Secretary for 2013; Vicki Tieche will be Treasurer, and Lynda O’Quinn will once again serve as member at large on the Board of Trustees.
Community activities which HTH sponsors / puts on include Harlem Township Days in August, chicken noodle dinners at the Grange Hall, Duncan's Run Bicycle Ride, the December carriage rides, July 4th parade township entry, and others. HTH also promotes and engages in historical projects including buying and placing military flagholders in the township cemeteries, repairing gravestones and cemeteries, and raising money for historical and other markers in the township. Think about joining us!
May 24 – Chicken Noodle Dinner, Harlem Grange Hall, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
May 25 – "Harlem Shake Contest" registration, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Community Room, Fire House
June 13 – Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. meeting, 7:00 p.m.
June 14 - Children’s Art Workshop, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Harlem Grange Hall, 12900 Center Village Road
July 1 - Harlem Township’s Got Talent contest registration Deadline
July 1 – July 4th float preparation, Maintenance Building, 5:00 p.m.
July 4 – Sunbury July 4th Parade
July 5 – July 4th Float tear down, Maintenance Building, 10:00 a.m.
July 6 – Third Annual Duncan's Run Bicycle Ride, Community Park
July 11 – Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. meeting, 7:00 p.m.
July 12 - Children’s Art Workshop, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Harlem Grange Hall, 12900 Center Village Road
August 8 – Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. meeting, 7:00 p.m.
August 9 - Children’s Art Workshop, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Harlem Grange Hall, 12900 Center Village Road
August 16 - Art Contest entry deadline, Maintenance Building, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
August 17 - Agricultural Contest entry deadline, Maintenance Building, 8:30 - 1:00 a.m.
August 17-18 – Harlem Township Days Community Celebration, Community Park
September 12 – Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. meeting, 7:00 p.m.
September 27 – Chicken Noodle Dinner, Harlem Grange Hall, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
October 10 – Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. meeting, 7:00 p.m.
October 25 – Chicken Noodle Dinner, Harlem Grange Hall, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
November 14 – Harlem Township Heritage Historical Meeting with guest speaker
December 12 – Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. meeting, 7:00 p.m.
December 14 - Carriage Rides at the Community Park and Bazaar
Other events will be scheduled as the year progresses so be sure to check back.
New Albany Founder’s Day Display
Harlem Township will be well represented at New Albany’s Founder’s Day Celebration on May 18.
Historical displays will be set up in the New Albany Elementary 2-5 building, 87 N. High Street, New Albany. Harlem Township Heritage, Inc. will be filling three 12’ tables, one with a new display on, "Stone and Clay, a Firm Foundation", featuring the stone quarries and home made bricks of early Harlem Township. There will also be a new Harlem Township booklet available on the same subject--cost $5.00. The second table and half of the third will display our Harlem Township in the Civil War. The remaining space will be used for information on Harlem Township upcoming events and Harlem Township Days.
Children's Art Workshops
Members of Harlem Township Heritage will be offering three children’s art workshops this summer on the second Friday of each month: June 14, July 12, and August 9, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Harlem Grange Hall, 12900 Center Village Road. Children may bring their own art materials to these free workshops or use materials provided to make a two dimensional and/or three dimensional piece of art which we hope will then be entered in the children’s art display (or "tween" art categories) in the Maintenance Building during Harlem Township Days. This year, children will be asked to take their art home after each workshop since we have no way to store them.
These free workshops are open to all Harlem Township children of pre-school through middle school age. Parents are encouraged to stay at the Grange Hall with their children during the workshops.
If you have any questions about these workshops, please .
July 4th Parade
Harlem Township will have a float in the Sunbury July 4th parade again this year. Float Chairman, Diana Robertson, does not know the exact theme of the parade yet but has heard that it will be patriotic and may emphasize World War II.
We will be putting our float together on Monday, July 1, starting at 5:00 p.m. at the township Maintenance Building. Anyone who would like to help us put our float together is invited to come. Some help will also be needed on July 4th, and help will be needed to take the float apart on Friday, July 5th.
If you would like to help with this year’s township entry, please contact Diana at the Harlem Road United Methodist Church, 740-965-4543.